Excess is the amount of time borrowed against your lifetime. What you co-opt on one end you lose on the other. Candle burning on both ends, so to speak, which, when all is said and done, raises the question of quantity versus quality.
On the one hand, excess is something to be avoided at all costs in favor of temperance. It leads to a life lived in the quality of restraint and plenty of wisdom and plenty of years to enjoy one’s choices.
Conversely, excess is a great boon, an advantage. One would be so lucky to indulge in it. Excess is the preferable option, deadly as it may be, as it provides fewer but fuller years, worth every outrageous minute.
It’s all a matter of how you understand quality.
From the bays of Pearl Coast,
Fish a ton of oysters, strike a shiny pearl.